Water Workers Compelled to Accept Wages
Monday, 05 July 2010

Finding no alternatives, the Bangladesh Noujan Sramik Federation has urged the water vessel workers to accept the new wage structure announced by the government.

Acting president of the left leaning workers' federation, Shah Alam made the announcement at a press conference at Dhaka Reporters' Unity auditorium on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the federation leaders also alleged that demands of the workers were not met through the initiative. They sought the prime minister's intervention for reviewing the new structure.

Shah Alam said the wage structure was imposed upon the workers, alleging that the demands were not properly addressed.

"The government's claim of a 60-100 percent hike has confused the workers. The actual increase was between 3.89 percent and 18.81 percent," he said.

Shah Alam said, "We were in a way compelled to accept the wage structure."

"It is only because this is all we are likely to be offered."

"We have also urged the workers to accept the new wages," he said.

The labour directorate announced the new pay structure on June 27. The shipping minister had claimed that wages had increased by 60-100 percent.

The organisation has so far demanded a new wage structure for the workers. They also enforced several days' strike over the issue.

General secretary Chowdhury Ashiqul Alam, vice-president Jinnat Ali among others were present during the press meet.

Source: bdnews24.com

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